Hydrogen News Digest – July 2019.
Japan exploring new renewable energy mixes.
In pursuit of its targets of a 26% reduction in carbon emissions, Japan will seriously invest in new technologies.
Some interesting facts: Japan imports close to 87% of its fuels, including relying on Australia for 71% of its coal.
2018 study of market viability of H2 in the US.
Electrolysis-based hydrogen is cost-competitive with gasoline and medium duty diesel vehicles in several locations in the United States.
There are 81 utility rates for which hydrogen costs are below US$4/kg.
See the study here: https://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy19osti/72710.pdf
Solar Gas Reforming to Achieve $3/kg of H2.
We can potentially use bio-mass, wastewater or other organic matter combined with thermal solar to create H2 in a similar way to Gas Reforming.
Read more: https://www.solarpaces.org/a-solar-process-like-gas-reforming-makes-green-hydrogen-cheaper/
NASA’s new space mission to advance fuel cell technology.
As NASA gears up for another mission to the Moon, research into new technologies around fuel cells is becoming a topic of discussion.
Read more here: Energy News Article
Is Hydrogen the lifeboat for oil companies in the 21st century?
How the shift from using natural gas in power stations to using hydrogen could save oil companies. Using Hydrogen in the power generation turbines of today is a relatively easy move.
Read more here: Houston Chronicle
Tonsley Park in South Australia to take H2 blend to the cooktop in Mitchell Park.
I have been to Tonsley Park and am continuously impressed by their forward-thinking and innovation. In 2018 the plans laid out by Australian Gas Networks (AGN) will use renewable Hydrogen produced in Tonsley to create a blend of 5% hydrogen/natural gas which will be pipped to the doors of local consumers. The project is set to cost $11.4 million including a grant from the local government of $4.9m with a capacity of 1.25MW through the PEM electrolyser.